Duke of Edinburgh
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Silent Lake Winter Expedition Information
We will be venturing to Silent Lake Provincial Park, north of Apsley on Hwy. 28 on Feb. 22/11 – Feb. 23/11. During our stay we will be camping in Yurts (heated canvas/floored shelters). There will be 5 students staying in each yurt with 1 supervisor. The yurts are NOT co-ed.
During our stay we will be conducting the following activities:
Compass, map and GPS training
Some basic first aid training (not certification, just awareness)
Winter Survival Skills
Planning our spring expedition
Food for Supper, Breakfast and Lunch the second day will be supplied (each cabin will be responsible for preparation and cooking of the meals). Please indicate if you child has any food allergies or aversions.
Students may bring snacks with them, but please make them camping appropriate. Ie. NO chips, pop, bulky items.
Good ideas are: chocolate, trail mix, M&Ms, hard candies, gummi bears, etc.
10:30 AM – Leave NDHS
11:30 – Arrive at Silent Lake Provincial Park
11:30 – 12:00 – Park check in and paperwork
12:00 – 12:30 Lunch
12:30 – 2:00 Park Orientation
2:00 – 2:30 access Yurts and set up.
2:30 – 5:00 Winter survival skills, Compass GPS Introduction, Basic First Aid skills, short snowshoe hike
5:00 – 6:30 Supper
7:00 – 10:00 Campfire, trip planning, story telling
10:00 Return to Yurts
11:00 lights out.
7:00 – 8:00 AM – Breakfast
8:00 – 10:00 – Snowshoe hike
10:00 – 12:30 Part II Winter survival skills, Compass GPS Introduction, Basic First Aid skills
12:30 – 1:30 Lunch and remove gear from Yurt
1:30 – Bus leaves Silent Lake
2:30 – Return to NDHS
To make this an enjoyable experience it is extremely important the you bring the right gear with you to ensure you are comfortable in the winter temperatures.
Although the Yurts are heated with a wood stove – the bulk of our time will be spent outdoors.
When deciding on cloths, try to avoid anything that is cotton (jeans, t-shirts, etc.). If it gets wet from activity, cotton will suck heat from your body and stay wet and cold. Polypropolene (under armour type material), fleece and wool ‘wicks’ the moisture away from your body and will retain your body heat.
Mitts/Gloves (A heavy pair and a light pair if you have them)
Snow Pants (or long underwear and some type of a nylon rain pant that will shed snow)
3 pairs of wool socks (try to avoid white cotton socks)
Long underwear – tops and bottoms (body armour works well)
Extra set of clothing
Fleece jacket or sweater
Flashlight or headlamp
Travel mug (for hot beverages)
Ski goggles or sunglasses
Personal Hygiene supplies
Ouchy kit (bandages, polysporin, etc.) - a full first aid kit will be available from trip leaders
Deck of cards
Snacks – please be aware of any food allergies other group members may have)
SMALL camp pillow
Things to Leave Behind
- Alcohol, and drugs
- Cell Phones - In an attempt to enhance our reconnection to nature, texting and cell phones will only be permitted during a half hour time frame between 6:30 and 7:00 PM the first night. I would ask that (barring emergencies) parents respect this request and not attempt to contact their child
- during other times
- Ipods and MP3s – due to small, close quarters being shared these devices will not be allowed
Being Provided for You
In the event of emergency we can be reached through cell phone, or through the park gate house.
Silent Lake Provincial Park Gate House : 1-613-339-2807
Mike Sherwin Cell – 705-930-7446 (has texting and voicemail) although I am uncertain of the reception within the park.